Ice Melt

Crumb - Ice Melt
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2021 Ratings: #302 / 411
User Score
Based on 221 ratings
2021 Ratings: #115
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Crumb have done their homework on how to go bigger and better on their sophomore record, avoided the slump and solidified themselves as one of the more intriguing acts in indie and psychedelia.
Northern Transmissions

Pervaded by creamy, dreamy vocals and deliciously fuzzy melodies laden with shiny nuances, Ice Melt is a beguiling album.

Perhaps their appeal is down to singer-guitarist Lila Ramani sharing Phoebe Bridgers' balance of serenity and smouldering anxiety, albeit with treated vocals that sound like Ramani is trapped in a daydream, with eerier synth injections to match.
On their second album, the Brooklyn quartet sinks deeper into their dread-filled chill-out sound, but they become sharper and more focused in the process.
Crumb fuse indie-psych forms with jazz and electronic flourishes for a glistening second album that lands somewhere between the empyrean vision of Broadcast and the starry-eyed pulsating of Tame Impala.
Loud and Quiet

Ice Melt is the sound of Crumb thawing out, getting a little bolder as the sun warms their skin, full of hidden details that hint at where they might go next.

‘Ice Melt’ is a delightful album filled with clever melodies and delicious vocals. The songs sound like they’re just about to unravel, due to the lackadaisical beats and basslines, but never quite do.
‘Ice Melt’ struggles to reach the same bright heights as its predecessor. From the off, it’s simply boring.
this project is gas. crumb are back and sounding better than ever.

‘ice melt’ means water, and that’s what crumb are on their second lp. the group’s sound flows as smooth as a liquid.

many people attest that crumb’s second album is “underwhelming” and “forgettable”. what i argue is that crumb’s music results in a calm psychosis within the musical environment. thus, this general opinion of mediocrity is simply a misunderstanding of ... read more
Tuve la fortuna de conocer a Crumb hace un par de años en el canal de YouTube llamado Nice Guys; allí bullen una cantidad exorbitante de artistas de una alta calidad, desgraciadamente no he encontrado ninguna de ellas aquí, o si las hallé no fueron valoradas como en realidad lo debía. Fue una sorpresa el volverme a topar con Crumb aquí, y si hasta aquí llegaron fue por mérito propio, en realidad es bien merecido. Los originarios de ... read more
This album was really frustrating, because the singles leading up to it, I thought were great. Started the album, starts off great and I thought this was going to be a reasonably great review, but about halfway through I realized all the songs started sounding exactly the same, thus realizing that the singles 'Balloon' and 'Trophy' both sounded almost identical too!

If I am to rate the first half of the album I would give it an 80 to maaaybe an 85, I loved it, the snare sounds of Crumb are ... read more
Although it is not too different from the sounds of Jinx, Ice Melt adds a little spice to the sound slightly dirtier and raw. I knew right after track one that this was going to be one of my favourites this year. The entire album is very consistent with trippy effects and smooth, gentle vocals that would keep you warm and fuzzy with some haze. Jonathan Rado did an excellent job producing this, as expected. Super awesome album that I can't wait to have on repeat this summer.
This was surprisingly groovy and there were times when my body just started involuntarily feeling the personality of the songs.
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Track List

  1. Up & Down
  2. BNR
  3. Seeds
  4. L.A.
  5. Gone
  6. Retreat!
  7. Trophy
  8. Balloon
  9. Tunnel (all that you had)
  10. Ice Melt
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Added on: April 14, 2021